St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
300 Reviews
2.7
300 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
175 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have a good work-life balance, coworkers, and benefits and compensation are fair (in 17 reviews)

  • Good industry, a lot of employees care (although they are quickly leaving or being let go), good benefits (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There are times when having a work life balance was a challenge (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management and executives are too afraid to enact any real change (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Weak centralized management

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some excellent technologies and smart engineers

    Cons

    everything reports into St. Paul, and the managers have such a broad span that they don't know the customers, markets or products. Very hierarchical decision making and communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok, not great

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation in line with other medical device companies in the Twin Cities. Inspiring to see the products you work on positively effect the health of others.

    Cons

    Company is currently going through a down cycle. Two corporate reorgs in the last 18 months with corresponding changes in headcount and reporting structure. More turnover than I have seen elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    No leadership at all

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Middle management is good, but unable to inact change due to upper executives.

    Cons

    Upper management and executives are too afraid to enact any real change. They sit around and debate useless topics, and then never come to any conclusions. Probably the most ineffective leaders I have ever felt with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a spine, take a stance and learn to love change. We have amazing products, but you are too scared to deal with realities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful company with amazing products; some departments have very negative people. Discouraging for new employees.

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    Current Employee - Complaints  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Complaints in Plano, TX

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Location, Products, Facility, Diverse, nice area

    Cons

    Micro management
    Senior p[people don't like change
    Negative people
    Don't hire many contractors...EVER!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends and hire hard working accountable people.
    Stop micro managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 14 people found this helpful  

    “A self-destructing organization. Second class Company going nowhere. Not motivated a single day. Bad Management.

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A place to work if you are out of a job or you have just graduated preferably in Political Science major. They are always hiring because people are constantly either laid off or quitting. Come for the free shirts then get out as fast as you can.

    Cons

    Awful place to work. Immoral cultural. Poor company vision. Product quality terrible and reliability issues. Senior Management don't know what quality means. Unorganized. Management stays within their own circle, looking out for self-interest.

    In the last 12 years this company is only working on legacy products which means very less chance to work in new technologies. Immature political games played by senior management, insecure and incompetent leadership, bunk management methodologies reliant on half-baked metrics that only make sense when viewed with a third-grade-level-of-math-mentality. R&D is recycling of 10+ year old technology and the competition is RAPIDLY capitalizing on this obvious lack of innovation. The company has lost a lot of excellent workers in 2 years ago.

    Senior VPs & Managers are milking the once proud St. Jude Medical brand for all they can get. Then they will parachute off the plane while the rest of the employees are expected to go down with the plane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good products are from good engineering. Profit is from good management. No good products, no future. No good people, no good products.

    Don't just look for leadership, look for the right leadership. No one in upper management knows about basic engineering principle. Stop allowing copier repair men, life science leaders, and call center management tell Scientists & Senior Engineers how to do their job when they have no idea what it involves.

    Company has potential and plenty of room for improvement. Only if the company gets rid of completely all Program Management personnel.

    Company needed to step up the game with issues prior to getting in trouble with the FDA. It is just a matter of time before the FDA will shut down and prosecute and put some people to jail.

    Remove all non-technical VPs & Directors who are managing top engineers and replace them with managers who actually know engineering 101 and have common sense.

    People are more than just a number. Many talented people were let go 2 years ago and now the company is feeling the outcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was a good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have some of the most talented engineers I have ever worked with in my career.

    Cons

    In the last two years, we never knew if our job would be there when we came into work. They are trying to restructure their business model by centralization and ignoring the overall impact on productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Old employees tend to get laid off. There have been several layoffs since 2010.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. It used to be a great company from 2001 to 2010.

    Cons

    Poor project managements. Pushed people too hard to finish the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value long time employees; They have been working hard at the company and have the knowledge. Outsourcing jobs to India and lay off employees over 50 can save money in the short terms but in the long term the quality will suffer. Young people are smart, after a couple years, they jump to other companies for higher pay. Products quality will suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Questionable leadership and ethics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent time pay.

    Cons

    Change for the sake of change and impressing investors, not based on what is actually good for products or customers.
    Short term thinking and push to get things done, regardless of if they are the right things to do. Place profits over ethics and safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good but not great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Austin, TX

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good and talented colleagues. Tools, training and travel to prepare you to work. Great benefits. Ample time off. Average or better than average salary. Annual salary increases.

    Cons

    Management invests in short-term solutions to long term projects. Hi turn over. To many managers. Support processes are horrid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the fiscal year for solutions. Make long term investments in technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great manufacturing company, but not innovative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Managers are very flexible with time off. Most managers are good at identifying high performers and giving them more opportunities for growth. Good benefits and health insurance. Diverse product portfolio.

    Cons

    Operations management is very outspoken and powerful within the company. Departments are constantly battling each other to get things done. Work culture is very corporate and not very laid back or relaxed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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